Leonard Cohen , the legendary Canadian singer, poet and songwriter best known for his song “Hallelujah” as well as for his rumbling bass voice and dark, introspective lyrics that gave subtle insight into a range of profound feelings, has died from undisclosed causes. He was 82. The news was made public by a message on his official Facebook page . It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief. During a career that began in the 1950s and spanned more than more than five decades, Cohen wielded an inestimable influence on subsequent generations of artists. Compared in impact to the likes of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, Cohen’s lyrics were a daring counterpoint to the normal range of pop music topics, often touching on subjects such as … [Read more...] about Leonard Cohen Dies: Iconic Singer-Songwriter, Artist & Poet Was 82
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“You know you’re in a hit when you get messages from people you were at school with or people you haven’t heard from in a long time,” Bill Nighy said during the Sony Pictures Classics panel for Living at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event. He continued, “Everyone always says the same thing [in response to the film], which is they hit the street and they want to go do something they’re inspired to make the most of it. It’s a very inspirational film. It’s uplifting in the way that sometimes tragedy can be.” RELATED: The Contenders Film: Los Angeles – Deadline’s Full Coverage “Living” is director Oliver Hermanus ’ remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 critically acclaimed Ikiru , which was itself inspired by Tolstoy’s 1886 masterpiece The Death of Ivan Ilyich . The screenplay by Nobel-winning screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro examines a theme painfully applicable in any century: the reality that mostly we don’t consider life until we’re faced … [Read more...] about ‘Living’ Star Bill Nighy Finds Inspiration And Humor In His Role As A Dying Man – Contenders L.A.
“My only sin is in my skin.” That rhyme is among the lyrics in the 1929 Fats Waller song “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue,” an eloquent and haunting evocation of the experience of being a Black man in America. The brilliant jazz artist and entertainer Louis Armstrong recorded a version of that song. More importantly, he lived it. RELATED: Contenders Documentary — Deadline’s Complete Coverage Armstrong’s private feelings about the racism and indignities he faced during his life are explored in the Apple Original Films documentary Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues , directed by Sacha Jenkins . The film draws from private audio recordings the jazz trumpeter made, including conversations with friends where he spoke openly about his experiences. “He was a techie, you could say, and he had a reel-to-reel recorder that he took with him everywhere, but also was prominently featured in his fun room at his house,” Jenkins said during an appearance at … [Read more...] about ‘Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues’ Provides Truer, Fuller Picture Of An Entertainment Icon – Contenders Documentary
Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells ’s acclaimed debut feature Aftersun swept the board, snagging seven wins at the British Independent Film Awards ( BIFA ) in London this evening. The film won Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. This evening’s four wins were added to the film’s previously announced haul in the craft categories with three wins including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music Supervision. Georgia Oakley’s 1980s Section 28 era set Blue Jean , which trailed only Aftersun for the most nominations, picked up three awards on the night: Best Lead Performance for Rosy McEwen, Best Supporting Performance for Kerrie Hayes, and Oakley took home the Best Debut Screenwriter award sponsored by Film4. Elsewhere, Safia Oakley-Green won the Breakthrough Performance award for her role in Andrew Cumming’s debut feature The Origin and Tamara Lawrance and Letitia Wright … [Read more...] about British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun’ Sweeps With 7 Wins Including Best Film
Getty Al Strobel -- an actor famous for his work in the "Twin Peaks" franchise -- has died. The news came down Sunday courtesy of producer Sabrina Sutherland , who's worked with David Lynch on a lot of projects over the years. She took to Facebook to write, "I am sad to have to post that Al Strobel passed away last night. I loved him dearly." No cause of death was provided, nor were any other details offered. Strobel is best known for playing the one-armed man during pretty much every "Twin Peaks" installment -- including the original TV show from the early '90s, the spinoff movie thereafter and the reboot from 2017 ... for all of which he always reprised his role as Phillip Gerard. Gerard was a traveling shoe salesman who'd occasionally get possessed by a spirit known as Mike -- who used to work with another shady character (also dead) named Bob ... the entity that inhabited Leland Palmer, who ultimately killed Laura Palmer -- the central character. … [Read more...] about ‘Twin Peaks’ Actor Al Strobel, One-Armed Man, Dead at 83
Two new productions opened on Broadway within the last few days, demonstrating that Broadway, at the very least, can accommodate works of remarkable diversity – a diversity in levels of ambition not least. One takes remarkable chances and all but announces the arrival of a singular new theatrical voice. The other, with a team of immensely talented Broadway veterans both on stage and behind the scenes that so relies on overused formula and tired tropes that it can’t even breathe life into some of the most irresistible pop songs of the last half-century. First, the good news: Ain’t No Mo’ , the audacious Broadway debut of writer-performer Jordan E. Cooper powerfully directed by Broadway newcomer Stevie Walker-Webb, is a marvel, compelling even when its considerable reach exceeds its grasp, a mix of sketch comedy, satire, social commentary, drama and tour de force performances that places Ain’t No Mo’ are the forefront of the outlandish, take-no-prisoners style of Black theater … [Read more...] about ‘Ain’t No Mo’ & ‘A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical’ – Broadway Reviews